Knock: NH Special Election

Saturdays


Canvassing in New Hampshire during the midterm elections helped Dems win the Senate and the 2 House seats!

They also came achingly close – but just missed – flipping the NH State House of Representatives, which now stands at 201 Rs vs. 198 Ds. The one empty seat is in Rochester NH, where the election ended in a tie  with 970 votes for each candidate. The special election on February 21st will decide the winner. (See article in the NY Times.)

That’s where you come in. If Democrat Chuck Grassie wins this February 21st election, NH Dems will be within striking distance of flipping the 400 member House when the next 1 or 2 special elections come up, as they almost certainly will.   

You can truly make a difference by canvassing to make sure that every Democrat knows about the election and comes out to vote or gets their absentee ballot. If Dems can gain control of the NH House, they can:

  • Protect a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions
  • Ensure that voter suppression laws that have already been proposed do not pass; and
  • Thwart the ambitions of the far-right Free Staters who among other things would like NH to secede from the Union. 

PLEASE SIGN UP HERE to canvass for Chuck Grassie, the NH Democrat running in this election.  YOU can find basic info on Chuck Grassie HERE and/or videos on Facebook, including a good introduction here and one on clean water here. 

IMPORTANT: The address on the Mobilize page is only correct for this Saturday, the 28th. You will receive the correct address for other dates when you register.

For more information contact the Campaign Director, Julian Sutcliffe, at julian@nhhousedems.org or her cell: ‭(603) 657-4401‬

Call WI: State Supreme Court

Mondays, 6-7 PM

Join Swing Blue Alliance to call voters to help flip the WI Supreme Court and create a 4-3 Democratic majority. There is a primary February 21 and general election April 4. This is the single most important election for democracy in America in 2023.

A Democratic WI Supreme Court could roll back the most severe gerrymandering in the US, and could rule that a 1849 law outlawing abortion is unconstitutional. This election could impact the 2024 Presidential election and which party controls the US House of Representatives. It’s time to start the work to win in 2024!

We are working directly with the WisDems, and will be using HubDialer, an automatic dialer that provides for more connections and conversations with voters. There will be a training on both the script and how to use the dialer, someone to help with questions, and we will have a debrief each session to share experiences, concerns and to learn from each other. Please join us and invite your friends and family!

Now for 2023: 30 Steps to Save Democracy

Today: A Focus on  David Pepper’s Step 12: When in Power, Create Laboratories of Democracy

Last year, Indivisibles were so impressed and inspired with David Pepper’s book “laboratories of Autocracy.” It illustrated perfectly the stakes of the 2022 midterms -even before Dobbs reared its ugly head.  We worked diligently last year, especially in the swing states of Arizona, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania, to prevent our nation from electing election deniers to state offices.  

I highly recommend David Pepper’s book to learn about all the dirty tricks Republicans play to cement their power in the statehouses – from gerrymandering to cookie-cutter autocratic legislation to governmental negligence to voter suppression.  But you may recall that I also called out the Massachusetts State House in my original article, Autocracy Alert:  Massachusetts, for the anti-democratic (small d) structural problems in Beacon Hill’s legislature.

In 2023, we can take a breath to focus on the Massachusetts Government.   It really needs our attention. Exhibit 1: Jan 4, 2023, Mariano decides to not swear in two duly elected and certified by Secretary Galvin and the Governor’s Council (both conservative, staid organizations) Democratic women. (After an outcry and hearing, Scarsdale was seated.  As of this posting, Kassner has not been seated.) His motivation is unclear, but his action threw fuel on the fire of election denialism that still threatens our rule of law.  

This year, what we must do is press on to David Pepper’s 30 Steps to Save Democracy.  While they are all thought-provoking, today I want to talk about  Step 12:  When in Power, Protect and Strengthen Democracy, Create a Laboratory of DEMOCRACY.  I am not suggesting we stoop to the dirty tricks Republicans pull as Autocrats in power- dark money, lobbyists writing legislation, defunding public institutions, or disenfranchising voters.  Indeed, when Democrats are in power, we need to build the laboratory of democracy.  Expand voting rights. Expand civil rights.  Expand equity and fairness.  Expand climate protections. Enact our democratic principles into law.  Push the boundaries and show what a democracy can and should be.

Massachusetts is failing at promoting democracy.  It didn’t used to be that way: the achievements of RomneyCare and Marriage Equality led the way for Americans to enjoy the expansion of their civil rights.  More recently, we passed important legislation codifying ROE and overrode Charlie’s veto. These things were not easy to do, and they could not have been done without elected officials and activists working together to create a better government.

But somewhere along the way, we gave up our mantle of leadership.  We turned inward, allowing popular bills to wallow in the legislature for 8, 10, 12 YEARS.  We didn’t bother to come back into session to override Charlie’s veto.  We accepted the Speaker’s excuse that we can’t have nice things because Charlie MIGHT veto it.  So we watered down and undercut legislation before Charlie could even slow-walk his implementation of bills already years late.  

No same day voter registration.
No safe communities act.
No prison building moratorium.
No no-cost prison calls.
No standardized sex education.
No reforming our flag (Can’t even get rid of that hovering sword)
No public record of how your Representative voted.

Still refusing to submit to normal records requests.
Still ranking in the bottom 4 states of transparency.
Still allowing bullying and harassment in the Statehouse
Still allowing the Speaker to have sole control over the promotions, salaries, staff and offices of each representative, so that they are working for him and not us.

So what can we do?

  1. Keep up the hard work that we already do to try to get legislation passed in a two-year cycle
    1. Write and call your Representative
    2. Attend hearings
    3. Attend forums explaining legislation
  1. Know your Representative
    1. Form a Coffee and Conversations small constituent group where you meet regularly to communicate your values and expectations for how your government should legislate
    2. Sign up for your State Senator and Representative’s newsletter, and follow them on social media
  1. Do not allow any anti-democracy backsliding
    1. Monitor your town and school meetings for extremist attacks.  The Republicans know how to gin up fear and hate, especially in these smaller, less followed elections.
    2.  Know your Select Board or Town Council and tell them that you expect them to strengthen and protect democratic principles.
    3. Continue to advocate in the Statehouse.

Finally, close every conversation with elected officials and their staff with a hard ask:  Will you commit to being a leader in Massachusetts?  A leader in promoting, strengthening and protecting democratic principles?  Will you take risks to push against the quicksand of the status quo?  

We are looking for leaders.  It’s not just for us, but for all Americans.  Blue states must share and push for best practices. Let’s show what we can DO with democracy.

Call PA: Special Election

Thursday January 26 and February 2, 6-8 PM, Virtual

There are three crucial special elections in Allegheny County coming up to fill seats in PA’s HD 32, HD 34, & HD 35! Last November, Democrats gained 12 seats, giving them a majority of ONE. We need to protect these seats to maintain our majority!

Join our Zoom phone bank as we reach out to Democrats to request and then chase mail-in ballots. Let’s elect Democrats & protect our majority in the PA House!

Training & support is provided during every phone bank!

Meet Grassroots Organizers

2023 and 2024 will be pivotal years in the fight for abortion access, free and fair elections, and so much more. We’ve got to invest early and generously in local groups — often led by people of color, and centering the voices of those most impacted by state policies. This work lays the groundwork for inspiring progressive candidates to win on Election Day and build state power in the long term.

Indivisible National:  Deep Dive into our 2023 Guide

Thursday, January 26 at 8 PM, Virtual

At Indivisible, a new Congress means it’s time for a new Indivisible Guide. Join us for the formal launch of Indivisible: A Practical Guide to Defeating MAGA, where we’ll break down just exactly how to activate on our new strategy in 2023, whether you live in a community that’s red, blue, or something in between. 

Can’t attend? Register anyway so you can receive the recording!

WI- Special Election

First Opportunity: Wisconsin Supreme Court  

Back story: The toxic Wisconsin legislature has been working hard to find a way to subvert federal elections through their state laws. WI is the most gerrymandered state in the country, so extremist Republican legislators are almost impossible to vote out. Add to that the ultra-conservative state Supreme Court, which recently upheld that the gerrymandered maps should remain. A very worrisome recipe for subversion of the 2024 election.

However, a ray of hope and crack in the door –  the most conservative WI Supreme Court justice is stepping down, triggering a special election. If a liberal is elected to this seat, it will flip the Court! Now if the legislature tries to subvert the 2024 election, the case will certainly go to the state Supreme Court. Would you rather have a liberal or a conservative majority WI Supreme Court hear this case in 2024? So the stakes for this election are high, and the integrity of the 2024 election could hinge on the results.

Project description: These postcards are for registration and turnout, since it is a special election. The primary is in February and the full election is in April. Our postcards are needed to let people know of the election, which most are unaware of, and to let them know that 1) they need to register to VBM again in 2023, and 2) their registration is good for the year. So if people register now, they will be prepared for the special election. This information will also help prepare people in 2024, so that’s a whole lot of bang for the buck!

Project details: Reimbursement is $15 for 25 postcards and stamps. The mailing date is Jan 26. The script is very reasonable – a one-line explanation of the goal and two short lines explaining voting instructions.

How to get them: My box is returning! I will print these on demand, so email me at Christine@IndivisibleActon.org with how many sets of 25 you would like. You will receive detailed pick up and payment instructions then.

Also, I am interested in knowing if people are interested in meeting at a cafe and writing together, perhaps Thursday mornings.  There’s a new cafe near Trader Joe’s in Acton that looks promising.